VIDEO / Accident: Boeing 737-800 Air India Express, flight IX-1344

On August 7th at 19:41 local time, an Air India Express Boeing 737-800 (VT-AXH), flight #IX1344 from Dubai, overran the runway at Kozhikode (CCJ), India, breaking apart after falling down an embankment. There were 174 passengers on-board, 10 infants + 6 crew members.

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Update 8 August, 15:30 / Citing information from Air Traffic Control (ATC), the spokesperson said the aircraft touched down near taxiway ‘C’, which is around 1,000 metres from the beginning of runway 10. The total length of the runway is 2,700 metres. It was raining over the airfield and reported visibility at the time of landing was 2,000 metres.

Update 8 August, 13:00 / India’s Aviation Minister reported that both black boxes have been recovered. A few victims are still in critical condition.

Update 8 August, 07:30 / 18 people, including the two pilots, have lost their lives. 127 people are in hospitals, others have been released, said Hardeep Singh Puri, Civil Aviation Minister.

Update 20:15 / Officials report there are 14 fatalities, 15 injuries in critical condition and 123 injuries. A congressman said both pilots were killed in the accident.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said the plane landed in heavy rain and after landing on runway 10, it continued until the end and fell down in the valley and broke into two. At least 24 ambulances + fire trucks have been rushed to the airport. Initial reports from the scene state that 3 people have lost their lives (including one of the pilots, the other is in critical condition) and over 35 people have been injured.

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